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Cafcass care demand statistics (2018)

Responding to the latest Cafcass care demand statistics Alison Michalska, ADCS Immediate Past President, said:

“These statistics show a 2.7% decrease in the number of care applications made to courts in 2017/18, compared to the previous financial year. Although these figures represent the first annual drop in care applications in recent years there is no way of knowing whether this will form a future trend or is simply a dip in the annual statistics. Local authorities continue to work intensively with children on the edge of care and families in crisis so that children can remain with their families where appropriate whilst remaining committed to seeking court intervention to keep children with the highest level of evidential need safe from harm where absolutely necessary. More work is needed to understand and address current and future demand for children’s services across the board. ADCS continues to highlight the need for a sufficiently funded and resourced children’s services, enabling us to work with families at the earliest opportunity to prevent their problems from escalating to crisis point.”


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